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22 Aug 2015

Asher Levine, Reuters

Brazil: Trade unions sue Mcdonald`s again for alleged labour, health & safety abuses; includes company comments

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“Brazilian unions file 2nd lawsuit against McDonald's operator”, 18 March 2015

Brazilian unions on Wednesday filed another lawsuit against the largest operator of McDonald's restaurants in Latin America, alleging that the firm violates the country's labor laws. The suit against Arcos Dourados Comércio de Alimentos…came just days after McDonald's Corp workers from 19 U.S. cities filed state and federal complaints over working conditions. It also followed a similar filing made by Brazilian unions in late February. Wednesday's lawsuit aims to "guarantee health and safety in the workplace," according to a joint statement from the unions, which are backed by CUT and UTG…The unions demand that Arcos Dourados establish specific job functions for each employee and hire more workers under that model while paying compensation for any moral and punitive damages caused to current and former employees...An Arcos Dorados spokeswoman said in an emailed statement that the company had not yet been officially informed of the lawsuit."Still, the company continues to reaffirm, with conviction, that it complies with all labor laws, respects the rights of all its workers, and maintains labor practices that have been recognized by the market," the statement said.